Research in the Ji Group
Research in Ji’s Group is focused on several areas: (1) electrochemical synthesis by using various Schiff base catalysts with study on the reaction mechanisms; (2) modification of electrode surface with novel catalysts for the development of chemical sensors; (3) synthesis of functionalized gold nanoparticles for electrochemical catalysis; (4) measurement of environmentally important parameters such as Henry’s law constants.
In the laboratory, the students will have opportunities to learn various techniques in analytical, electrochemistry, and organic synthesis. They would also acquire skills in purification, identification, and quantitation of chemical products by using different instruments including GC, GC-MS, LC, LC-MS, NMR, and UV-Vis.
Alkanethiol-modified metal salen catalysts for making functionalized gold nanoparticles and electrodes
Allen, C. R.; Brown, D. K.; Potts, J. L.; Ji, C. Electrochemical Reduction of Methyl 2-Bromomethylbenzoate at Carbon Cathodes in Dimethylformamide Containing Water. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2013, 160, G3069-G3072.
Zhu, J.; Liao, L.; Zhang, P.; Guo, K.; Kong, J.; Ji, C.; Liu, B. Size Dependent Cellular Uptake Efficiency, Mechanism, and Cytotoxicity of Silica Nanoparticles toward HeLa Cells. Talanta 2013, 107, 408-415.
Bian, X.; Guo, K.; Liao, L.; Xiao, J.; Kong, J.; Ji, C.; Liu, B. Nanocomposites of Palladium Nanoparticle-Loaded Mesoporous Carbon Nanospheres for the Electrochemical Determination of Hydrogen Peroxide. Talanta 2012, 99, 256-261.
Bian, X.; Zhu, J.; Liao, L.; Scanlon, M. D.; Ge, P.; Ji, C.; Girault, H. H.; Liu, B. Nanocomposite of MoS2 on Ordered Mesoporous Carbon Nanospheres: a Highly Active Catalyst for Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution. Electrochem. Commun. 2012, 22, 128-132.
Ji, J.; Gan, J.; Kong, J.; Yang, P.; Liu, B.; Ji, C. Electrochemical Detection of the Activities of Thrombin and Its Inhibitor. Electrochem. Commun. 2012, 16, 53-56.
Ji, J.; Zhao, Y.; Guo, L.; Liu, B.; Ji, C.; Yang, P. Interfacial Organic Synthesis in a Simple Droplet-Based Microfluidic System. Lab Chip 2012, 12, 1373-1377.
Zhang, Y.; Ji, C. Electro-Induced Covalent Cross-Linking of Chitosan and Formation of Chitosan Hydrogel Films: Its Application as an Enzyme Immobilization Matrix for Use in a Phenol Sensor. Anal. Chem. 2010, 82, 5275-5281.
Brown, D. K.; Dean, J. L.; Lopez, W. X.; Ji, C. Electrochemical Reduction of Cinnamyl Bromide at Carbon Cathodes in Acetonitrile: A Further Mechanistic Study. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2009, 156, F123-F127.
Ji, C.; Day, S. E.; Silvers, W. C. Catalytic Reduction of 1- and 2-Bromooctanes by a Dinickel(I) Schiff Base Complex Containing Two Salen Units Electrogenerated at Carbon Cathodes in Dimethylformamide. J. Electroanal. Chem. 2008, 622, 15-21.
Ji, C.; Evans, E. M. Using an Internal Standard Method to Determine Henry’s Law Constants. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 2007, 26, 231-236.